Greece ✯✯ Mount Olympus ✯✯ The Twelve Olympians home ✯✯ by Apostolos J. Doulias

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Mount Olympus (/əˈlɪmpəs, oʊˈlɪm-/; Greek: Όλυμπος; also transliterated as Olympos, and on Greek maps, Oros Olympos) is the highest mountain in Greece and the second highest mountain in the Balkans. It is located in the Olympus Range on the border between Thessaly and Macedonia, between the prefectures of Pieria and Larissa, about 80 km (50 mi) southwest from Thessaloniki. Mount Olympus has 52 peaks, deep gorges, and exceptional biodiversity.[2] The highest peak Mytikas, meaning "nose", rises to 2,917 metres (9,570 ft).[3] It is one of the highest peaks in Europe in terms of topographic prominence.[1]

Olympus was notable in Ancient Greek Mythology as the home of the Twelve Olympians, on the Mytikas peak. Mount Olympus is also noted for its very rich flora with several species. It has been the first National Park of Greece, since 1938, and a World's Biosphere Reserve.

Every year thousands of people visit Olympus to admire its nature, to tour its slopes, and reach its peaks. Organized mountain refuges and various mountaineering and climbing routes are available to visitors, who want to explore its nature. The usual starting point for it is the town of Litochoro, on the eastern foothills of the mountain, 100 km from Thessaloniki, where, in the beginning of every summer, the Mountain Olympus Marathon terminates.

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Comments (12)

< Annelie > on June 12, 2014

LIKE&FAV for the Olympus seen from the window seat in the plane. I saw the mountain quite often, but never took a photo.

Have a nice day, Annelie

jknaus on June 12, 2014

Beautiful classic place and rare point of view - thank you for sharing, dear Apostolos! A BIG Like + FAV, Wish you a very nice Thursday from Finland: Joni

Antonio J. Sánchez on June 12, 2014

Fantásticas vistas. Like.

Saludos cordiales.

josé cândido on June 12, 2014

Excelente vista. Like & FAv.
Cumprimentos desde Guimarães, Portugal

Biplab Kumar Pal on June 13, 2014

Excellent shot. F+L, regards, Biplab.

zw22wz on June 15, 2014

Beautiful shot! Like

Greetings, zw22wz

Gena Polozhinskiy on June 19, 2014

Terrific view, nice shot, L+F!

E.Chillarón on June 20, 2014

Observacion muy buena, excelente foto, felicidades.

Alireza Javaheri on June 22, 2014


  • Nice view & Beautiful photo …


  • LIKE – Best wishes


Guizel J.c on June 27, 2014

Fantastic view



Ángel González on July 3, 2014

Buena captura desde las alturas Apostolos. Like y fav. Saludos desde Mallorca.

Matilde Calderon on July 6, 2014

What a fabulous shot and view! LIKE! Greetings, Matilde

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